Tuesday, August 12, 2008

random Tuesday thoughts

I feel as thought I accomplished a lot today, but if you asked me to be specific, it would be difficult. Spent a lot of time avoiding making important phone calls by pretending to work on some pieces that need to be finished. Did you ever have something on the design wall that you thought was exactly right and then when you were putting it together, changed your mind? That was my day. I've been doing more fusing lately and I still think it is the most time-consuming part of the process. It does come in handy for getting around certain construction problems but I don't like doing it. Tonight I worked on my poor, neglected website. Didn't get beyond tweaking the front page, but I will get to the rest bit by bit. In the last few days, two people asked why there were not prices on my website so that is my next project. This topic comes up periodically on the LISTS. A comment on comments: I find it interesting that the post that got the most comments in the past week was the one in which I asked for suggestions on how to stitch the piece I was trying to finish. There were 17 (count 'em - SEVENTEEN) responses to that post. On the other hand, when I referred to Diane Perrin Hock's thoughtful post about whether art cloth that is quilted is ART and how so many people are reluctant to cut up their hand-prints, and where composition falls in all of this, etc. etc. - and tried to get a discussion going that was stimulating, where people didn't agree, and that made us think a bit -- there were 8 comments on the first post and 4 on the next one. What do you think accounts for that difference?

7 comments:

grace said...

I sometimes thinks it's easier to offer an opinion about some small matter rather than work thru the thought process and go deep.

BTW, I'm also at the same point on the website thing, updating takes TIME and wouldn't we all rather be doing ART?

candiedfabrics said...

I agree with Grace. I know that I hesitated and then ultimately didn't post on that question because I knew I needed time to answer properly. And say what, you may ask...well, I'm definitely of the less is more school, so complex cloth, used in a quilt, doesn't really float my boat. I'm working on the it's only fabric, use it and make more approach, but I've still got some really nice pieces that sit on the shelf!

TTFN - Candy

Deb Lacativa said...

I'm still thinking about your post regarding the difficulty with cutting into art cloth. As I've been doing an inventory, I've looked at the pieces that are less than successful and come to the conclusion that at some point, I was seduced by the cloth and stopped paying attention to key design requirements.

Going forward in my art cloth making, I've resolved to make smaller pieces so I will be less inclined to allow them "star" focus. And back to the stash with scissors in hand.

Laura said...

When I saw the post on cutting up fabric I actually thought of a something that Sue Benner said in a class I took. The quote was "I lose a lot of sleep over things, but cutting into a piece of fabric isn't one of them". I totally agree...so there was no controversy for me :-)

Linda Cline said...

What Grace said. It's easy to offer an opinion about what kind of thread to use. Answering a more thought provoking question takes more time, and sometimes is intimidating for fear of giving the "wrong" answer.

And all of us don't create our own cloth. I create cloth occasionally, but use mostly commercial fabrics. I do have a few of my own pieces that I am relluctant to cut up.

Or there were many agreeing with you, and didn't want to add one more comment that said, "Yes, your right."

laura said...

I've posted a before and after on my blog, in response to the earlier conversation about "cutting up cloth.

As for which posts generate the most conversation - People like to share their expertise.
That's perhaps much easier than saying something that might be perceived as being provocative.
Some people don't want to risk offending by taking a different point of view, and some people need time to muddle through their thoughts, meanwhile the conversation changes.

Alison Schwabe said...

I think it is because many art quilters know more about sewing than about art and design. I also didn;'t comment because I haven't visited the blog for a while ...